Promising Practices Program

Administering Organization

Arab American and Chaldean (ACC) Youth Programs & Services

Program Name

Arab American and Chaldean After-School Program

Program Objectives and Unique Needs Addressed

The ACC After-School Program is aimed at improving the health and safety of area children by mobilizing resources and community participation for better alternatives to live, play, learn and grow into productive members of society.

Program Description

Program design is based on a needs assessment and analysis gap. Programming runs Monday through Friday from 3:30-8:00pm and Saturdays from 10am-4pm, offering youth a variety of components and services to assist them in developing necessary skills to make healthy decisions and become responsible young adults. Components of the program include homework assistance, academic tutoring, computer skills training, leadership training, recreational activities, anger management, substance abuse prevention, violence prevention, conflict resolution and health education promotion.

Resource Materials Used in Program

The ACC After-School Program utilizes several different curricula: "1 World 1 Team" created by the NFL and the "Life Skills Training Curriculum", along with other curricula on risk reduction: the "Changing Scenes"; the "Michigan Model" and "Project Alert".

Groups Served by Program

Program Funding

Our primary source of funding comes from the Wayne County Department of Children & Family Services for the Prevention Action Service Systems Program (PASS), and the Skillman Foundation.

Program Staffing and Required Staff Training

ACC Youth Center currently have 4 full time staff, 7 full time community volunteers, and 3 part time volunteers from Wayne State University.

Program Evaluation

Client satisfaction surveys are taken by youth participants and their parents; we also administer pre- and post- evaluations for participants with specific learning objectives. Focus groups (these include community members) and an advisory group comprised of youth, parents and staff members provide feedback and information, and we also administer randomized exit interviews to participants.

Program Outcomes

Additional Comments

This is a natural extension of ACC's collaboration with other agencies including the Detroit Police Department 11th Precinct, Detroit Public Schools, Oakland and Macomb County Schools, United Way, Youth Sports & Recreation Committee and area youth organizations. Wednesday's are designated as "Girls Only" day. Programs were identified and specially designed for young ladies.

Program Contact

Shaneen Jones-Sabra
Youth Programs Coordinator
(313) 369-3103

http://www.myacc.org/

Program Dates

Operating since 1999; serves 280 Detroit youth (refugee, immigrant and local).